Most European Union states have missed an end-of-August deadline to issue high security biometric passports. Only seven countries – Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden — have told the European Commission they are ready to issue passports containing an electronic chip with a digital photograph.
A further five countries with U.S.-bound travel in mind have said they would be ready this week, according to EU officials. A few others may be ready or close, without having informed the EU executive about it. Those EU states still not issuing biometric passports by Sept. 20 could face legal action.